Brunel, Bond and Bean – it’s the 2012 Olympic Ceremony

london olympic opening ceremony

Do you remember it?  What a party!  All those fabulous volunteers had been setting the tone for months – this was always going to be the greatest games since ….. 1948. 

But how do you combine everything that is great about Britain – things like Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the NHS, HM The Queen, James Bond and Rowan Atkinson with some rousing music?  Cue Oscar-winning Director Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting”,  “Slumdog Millionaire” etc).

2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony


The ceremony, which was entitled “Isles of Wonder”, took place on 27th July 2012 and is believed to have cost about £27m.

It began at 9pm and lasted a total of 4 hours – although the video we have found for you leaves out the athletes’ entrance, thereby reducing this to a more watchable 45 minutes.

It is estimated that over 900 million people watched the event.

To view the highlights click on the image below or follow this link 


Fun fact!

According to Hello! Magazine, the London 2012 Games were the most gender equal in Olympic history. The ratio of men to women competitors was 5,802 to 4,688 respectively, with women making up 46% of the Games’ competitors – in 1908 male competitors outnumbered females 53 to one.

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